The findings call into question the government’s regional economic growth strategy. The top four post-recession hot-spots have all been named as Enterprise Zones by the April 2011 budget – areas that will receive measures such as tax breaks and simplified planning rules to stimulate growth and allow businesses to thrive – despite the fact they seems to be succeeding economically without government assistance. Important regional growth centres such as Southampton, Portsmouth, Norwich and Swindon are all underperforming according to eBay data, but no plans have been announced to encourage growth and enterprise in these area. “We know that many new businesses have struggled since the recession, and the government must make sure that the next ten Enterprise Zones announced are the areas most in need of support,” says Angus McCarey, retail director for eBay UK. eBay’s research reveals that the home and garden category offers huge growth potential for online entrepreneurs. Since the recession, more than 7,000 businesses selling home and garden products have set up on eBay, resulting in the sale of nearly £72m worth of goods. To view the other categories that have seen post-recession growth, click on the chart below or see when will the next recession be? .
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